Microsoft Philanthropies have this week announced they are making Microsoft Azure available to eligible not-for-profit organisations with an offer of USD$5,000 in credits per year.

In a move that is going to shake up the Not-For-Profit sector, Microsoft is making Microsoft Azure broadly available to eligible not-for-profit organisations by offering $5000(USD) in annual Azure credits to eligible organisations. This offer adds to the existing comprehensive suite of Microsoft cloud services that are available to not-for-profits to empower their missions.

What is Microsoft Azure?

Azure offers an integrated suite of cloud services that include: analytics, computing, web and mobile apps, networking, storage, and more that empower not-for-profit organisation to achieve more.

Azure delivers deeper insights to enhance decision making, supports a broad selection of operating systems, and provides industry-leading security. It also integrates seamlessly with your existing IT infrastructure and scales as your not-for-profit grows, giving you the ability to harness the power of Microsoft’s data centres for a wide range of capabilities and scenarios.

What there offering:

$5,000 (USD) in credits annually to use towards the complete portfolio of Azure services, including but not limited to:

  • Web and mobile apps
  • Business apps
  • Microservice apps
  • Development and testing
  • Big data and analytics
  • Internet of Things
  • Backup, recovery and archive
  • High performance computing
  • Digital media

According to ConnectingUp FAQ’s, ” if you have Office 365 via the donations program, you are already approved for Azure. You just might need another TechSoup Validation Token for the Azure offer, which you can access instantly on your Connecting Up Account page (click on “TechSoup Validation Tokens” under the Donations & Discounts header, then click “Add a new token”).”

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